Driving down the infamous road to achieving a healthy, lean, toned, and sexy body will most of the time put up weight loss setbacks and cause us to have many diet struggles. For most of us, it’s almost inevitable! The good news is that there are ways you can break through some of the most common roadblocks that can prevent you from reaching your goals…
Here are the 6 most common weight loss setbacks and also my recommendations on how to break them down once and for all:
Okay, first up we have feeling a lack of motivation.
Feeling a lack of motivation is one of the most common diet hardships people encounter when trying to lose weight and get in shape. Is this something you are going through as well? If so, then don’t worry about it, I have some pretty good news to share with you in regards to developing endless motivation to reach your goals!
You see, for me, the thing I did to increase my motivational levels was that I envisioned what it was I wanted to accomplish with getting myself in shape… FIRST. It’s important that you take the time out and really come to an understanding of what exactly it is you want to get out of this whole weight loss ordeal to help avoid weight loss struggles…
- Do you want to get in shape for a job?
- Do you want to get in shape for your kids?
- Do you want to get in shape to feel more confident, look sexy, etc.?
- And on, and on.
Once you determine WHY it is you want to get in shape, DO NOT lose sight of that goal. Keep it in front of you at all times. Make a screen saver on your computer, leave sticky notes, etc. The more you are reminded of WHY you want to get in shape, the more you’ll be motivated to stick through this until the end.
Next up is feeling a lack of inspiration.
Sometimes throughout the journey to lose weight and improve our bodies, we all hit a point in time where we need that “extra push” to help us stay afloat with our goals. When you don’t have a source of inspiration to keep you focused on your goals, then it may end up being somewhat difficult to stay motivated and committed to reaching your goals.
Finding a source of inspiration is first very important to do, and second, very easy to do. You can find a source of inspiration via famous people who have gotten in shape, amazing transformation videos (such as weight loss YouTube) that you can find across the Internet, and more.
More importantly, I recommend that you look for a source of inspiration from people who are in similar walks of life as you. There’s nothing better than seeing someone with similar circumstances reaching their goals… and that’s because you can first relate to them, and second, it gives you a great deal of “customized” motivation.
Next are those annoying food cravings!
If this has happened to you, then don’t feel bad… this is one of the most common diet roadblocks, and certainly is one of the biggest things that causes many people to fall back into their bad habits again. Some of the things that can cause food cravings to develop is if you keep bad foods in your house, if you have way too many cheat days, or if you are in the beginning of your diet.
To avoid suffering from food cravings, it’s important that you first remove bad foods out of your house (that’s a no-brainer). Second, I recommend that you have a cheat food once in a while (in moderation). Third, if a sweet tooth craving develops, one little trick I recommend you try out is to simply brush your teeth… seriously! Fourth, an excellent snack idea to calm a food craving would be a healthy mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. An example of a snack such as this would be good ol’ celery sticks with peanut butter!
EXTREME hunger pangs!
Those annoying strong hunger pangs typically will pop up if you are on some type of fad diet, if you are skipping breakfast (which is the biggest reason by the way), if you are not getting enough protein, complex carbs (fiber), and healthy fats (monounsaturated, omega fatty acids), and if you are having too many cheat days. The clear solution to this problem is to obviously do the exact opposite of everything I just said.
Getting sloooowwww results!
Let’s face it: Most of us are guilty of the “I want it NOW” approach to almost everything in life! And dieting is certainly no exception. That being said, one usual problem that develops during a diet is slow results. Someone experiencing slow results is more than likely going to lose motivation and may end up backing out of their diet.
If this is a problem that has gotten the best of you, then I have a good tip for you. One thing I recommend you do if you are seeing slow results is to STOP everything. That’s right. STOP your diet and exercise plan for a couple of days. Take a breather, and reevaluate everything it is you are doing. Chances are you may be eating too many calories, or, one of the most common issues, you more than likely hit a weight loss plateau (which simply means you’ve stopped losing weight).
If you have hit a plateau, then the best solution to that problem is to readjust your diet and fitness program. This is important because most people don’t realize that they have to adjust their calorie intake AS they lose weight. The amount of calories you were eating before… you can’t eat now… otherwise you’ll end up regaining or maintaining weight.
Also, in regards to exercising, your body will adapt to the level of workouts you are doing. This is certainly something you DON’T want to happen. So, what I recommend you do here is to adjust your workout program (increase the intensity level, lift slightly heavier weights, jog a little further, run a little longer, etc.). This will keep your body working hard and will certainly keep your metabolism running strong. HERE’S a good “at-home” exercise program that I recommend.
And last but certainly not least is the infamous yo-yo weight loss issue!
Losing weight and then regaining the weight back is another common problem that plagues those trying to get in shape… and it certainly was a HUGE problem for me!
The biggest thing I recommend you do to avoid putting weight back on is to avoid low-calorie/starvation dieting. This is only going to slow your metabolism down and then this will end up causing your body to go into “protection mode”. If this occurs, once you are done your diet and you begin eating as normal, the pounds you’ve lost will return (and maybe even more)!